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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000742.txt from 1998/03

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: NeckStraps
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 04:11:58 -0500

I've a suspicion that using a strap could be a substitute for developing a
good R. H. position.
Roger SHilcock

On Wed, 11 Mar 1998, Jennifer Rose McKenna wrote:

> Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 11:10:36 -0600 (CST)
> From: Jennifer Rose McKenna <>
> Reply-To:
> To:
> Subject: NeckStraps
> Since we were on the subject of weight of wooden clarinets I
> thought now may be a good time to get my question answered. Here at North
> Texas, I am one of the few (actually 3 out of 20) who don't use a
> neckstrap when playing. Dr. Gillespie plays with a neck strap and so he
> has persuaded all of his students to play with one. I will not resist to
> me a sucker for tradition, but I don't see an incredible
> need to use them unless your the type to get nervous when performing a
> solo (standing). All of the students also use them when seated in
> emsembles. I would like to know how many of you use neck straps, and why?
> I understand that the clarinet maybe heavy to hold and that is the reason
> some people use neckstraps, but I've played Alto and Bari sax, and Bass
> Clarinet, and those are the only instruments that I have found need a neck
> strap(bass clarinet only when marching). I'm intreseted in your feed
> back. Do you think that starting clarinet with a neck strap is advised, I
> think that the student should build up the muscles in the forearm first.
> thankyou in advance,
> jennifer mckenna
> university of north texas
> music ed major/clarinet concentration

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